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Corporate Social Responsibilty, Stakeholder Theory, Strategy and Developing countries


Dr Alim Abubakre is on the advisory board of London Business School Africa Club[1] and is the non-executive chair of These Executive Minds.

Alim is an entrepreneur with interests in research, international project management, consulting, stakeholder engagement, connecting Africa and executive education[2]. Dr Alim Abubakre has worked with many of the world's top business schools and multi-national corporations to create executive development programmes for African executives [3]. Under Alim’s leadership, Texem has trained hundreds of African senior executives including CEOs, Chairs of Boards, Government Ministers and Vice-Chancellors on different management themes that help organisations to achieve their goals[4]. In partnership with institutions such as University of Oxford, Henley Business School, Aston Business School[5] and Manchester Business School[6], Alim has developed academic curricula for executive development programmes[7]. His achievements have included 60-70% repeat participation of in executive development programmes based on the quality of academic programmes and the experience of participants[8].

While working on World Bank projects, Alim was instrumental to accessing and implementing many successful projects which before his involvement had project management issues. Alim also worked as part of the project management team that delivered a Public Private Partnership infrastructure project valued at £3 billion (after Purchasing Power Parity considerations), this was the largest public-private partnership project ever undertaken in West Africa as at 2007.

He has designed and in some cases co-delivered programmes for Private sector organizations such as Airtel, UBA, Ecobank, Seplat, Masters Energy, Energia, Unilever, Fidelity Bank, Ag Leventis, GTBank, First Bank and Union Assurance. Nigerian Government (Ministers, Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, and Directors) others include executives from Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian Nigerian Petroleum Corporation, Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PEFMB, PPRA among others. He has also worked with multinational organizations such as Directors at Heineken, Unilever, Ernst and Young, KPMG, Deloitte, Mc Kinsey & Company, Manchester United, Bentley, CSRwire, Jaguar Land Rover, Cadbury, Manpower, Microsoft, Shell, Chevron, among others.

Until recently, Alim was a member of the board of Cambridge to Africa and the Director of Strategy at a consulting firm in Cambridge, advising many Russell group institutions on their internationalisation strategies.


Alim Abubakre did his masters in business administration degree at the University of Leicester and completed his doctoral studies on CSR and Strategy at Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, UK[9]. Dr Alim Abubakre has also done executive education programmes on Climate Change Leadership at the University of Cambridge in 2011 and on Corporate Strategy at the University of Manchester, Manchester Business School in 2010.


Towards, the completion of his MBA studies at Leicester in 2009, Alim was selected as one of the two best Presidents out of a total of 400 Presidents at University of Leicester[10]

In 2010, Alim was selected as one of the top 100 Virgin Media emerging entrepreneurs in the UK and took part in the award-winning Enterpriser programme, delivered by the University of Cambridge Judge Business School and MIT Sloan School of Management. More recently, he joined the directors of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies as part of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. Alim was among the senior executives in the UK in October 2015 who was invited to join the Lord Mayor of London, the Lord Mayor Alan Yarrow to meet Governors, CEOs and Chairs of Boards in some African countries with the intent of promoting bilateral trade between the UK and these African countries.

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Education/Academic qualification

Corporate Social Responsibility and Strategy, Doctorate, University of Southampton

1 Jun 201130 May 2015

Masters of Business Administration, MBA

25 Sep 200823 Sep 2009

External positions

Advisory Board, Africa Club, London Business School

31 Jan 201521 Dec 2020

Advisory Board, Africa Society, London School of Economics and Political Science

31 Jan 20153 Dec 2017

CEO and Founder, TEXEM

26 Jan 201031 Jul 2017

Director of Strategy, The Education Corporation

30 Sep 200931 Dec 2010

Member of the Board, Cambridge to Africa

23 Jan 20091 Dec 2013

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